Johanna Konta announces retirement from tennis in emotional statement

Former British No.1 Johanna Konta has announced her retirement from professional tennis in an emotional statement.

The 30-year-old has called time on her career after reaching three Grand Slam semi-finals and winning four singles titles on the WTA Tour.

Konta reached a career-high ranking of World No.4 and claimed 11 singles and four doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.

She posted on social media: "This is the word that I've probably used the most during my career, and is the word that I feel explains it best at the end.

"My playing career has come to an end, and I am so incredibly grateful for the career that it turned out to be.

"All the evidence pointed towards me not "making" it in this profession. However my luck materialised in the people that came into my life and impacted my existence in ways that transcended tennis.

"I am so incredibly grateful for these people. You know who you are.

"Through my own resilience and through the guidance of others, I got to live my dreams. I got to become what I wanted and said as a child. How incredibly fortunate I count myself to be. How grateful I am."

Konta won the fourth of her WTA titles at the Nottingham Open earlier this year following victories in Stanford (2016), Sydney and Miami (2017).

She reached the last four of the Australian Open in 2016 and at Wimbledon in 2017 which saw her reach World No.4 – the highest ranking for a British female since Virginia Wade in 1978.

Konta was shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year given her on-court achievements.

Her latest Grand Slam semi-final came at Roland Garros in 2019, becoming the first British female to reach the last four of the French Open since Jo Durie in 1983.

She represented Great Britain in the Fed Cup in 2013-15, 2017-18 and 2019 and was part of Team GB for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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